Sports Site Wants Proof That Cruz Has Got Game

Asks for photos of him taking it to the 'basketball ring'

 Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is working to improve his relationships with senators with a pickup basketball game among his colleagues, Politico reported. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).
 Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is working to improve his relationships with senators with a pickup basketball game among his colleagues, Politico reported. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).
Posted January 24, 2017 at 1:20pm

A Politico Magazine profile reported Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has started a pickup basketball game in the Senate to try to repair frayed relationships with his colleagues, but a sports site is calling BS.

The profile notes that Cruz has organized a weekly game in the Russell Senate Office Building and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., has played and 2016 presidential rival Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will likely take part soon.

An unattributed assessment of Cruz’s game is that he’s “a surprisingly good jump-shooter with miserable form.”

But the sports website Deadspin had a hard time believing that a man who once referred to the basket as a “basketball ring” (for non-basketball fans, no one calls it that) has game and asked for anyone with photographic proof to send them along.

No photos, so far, but the post ignited some snark, including pointing out the resemblance between the senator and current Duke University villain Grayson Allen, who is infamous for tripping his opponents.

Grayson Allen Ted Cruz
(Deadspin.com)

Others suggested his style of play.

(Deadspin.com)
(Deadspin.com)

 

And this and-1, getting White House press secretary Sean Spicer into the game.

(Deadspin.com)
(Deadspin.com)

Sen. Cruz’s office has not yet responded to questions about his game. Or his handle. We’ll keep you posted.